The main motive of this project is to make the NPTEL (National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning) courses available for students in a suitable format. There are many ways to enable MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) available to the students - similar to Coursera courses on iPad. However, is there an alternative to enable this content in a more student friendly manner - cheaper devices and more affordable infrastructure to support faster distribution of content?

Current Status

Identified various formats in which content can be delivered and their pros and cons.

  1. Video
  2. USB
  3. Audio+Ebook

Audio+Ebook based on e-ink technology like Kindle seems to be a viable option to distribute fairly sophisticated and specialized material to students.

Next Steps

  • Build a cheap and efficient e-ink display device for reading pdfs and listening to audio lectures. Reused displays from Kindles can be bought for ~$25-$30 from sites like eBay. A resistive touchscreen costs ~$10-$20. Build a proof of concept on a board such as Raspberry Pi before building a more self-contained device.

  • Investigate alternatives to touchscreen since alternative keyboards in various Indian languages can be difficult to mass produce.


  • Software developers - Experience in Raspberry Pi and/or Android development
  • Hardware and firmware engineers familiar with tablets and embedded systems


  • Pranav Pai - pranavpai[at]codeforindia[dot]org
  • Aneesh Nainani
  • Tushar Dadlani - tush726[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Sagar Bhosale - sagarbhosale019[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Srinivas Vaidyanathan - srinivas.vaidyanathan [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Neha Garg
  • Ninad Vartak - ninad.vartak[at]gmail[dot]com